The Centennial Park Master Plan was developed in 2010 in collaboration with Mayor Karl Dean, Metro Parks, and Centennial Park Conservancy to restore, renovate, and revitalize Nashville's Central Park.

  • Phase One, completed in 2015, was a $9 million public/private partnership that improved the water quality of Lake Watauga, unearthed long-buried Cockrill Spring, built a dedicated space for Musicians Corner, and created a new parking area surrounding the Parthenon.

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  • Phase Two, which broke ground in summer 2019, focuses on the 19-acre zone that includes the Great Lawn, the West End entrance road, lighting and landscape improvements near the Parthenon. The Great Lawn will be re-engineered with sports field-quality turf and drainage improvements to help the lawn’s recovery after events. Two pedestrian promenades shaded by double rows of trees will border both sides of the lawn. The redesigned West End entrance will allocate more space to pedestrians, new entry signage, and new planting beds that showcase seasonal color. Additionally, the Parthenon will be illuminated with a new LED lighting system. The lighting is designed to celebrate the iconic structure’s classical architectural features and sculptural details.

We envision a beautifully balanced expanse where you and countless others have ample room to enjoy a natural environment that is significantly more sustainable. We are enhancing the park’s delicate ecosystems, increasing the number of trees by, and continuing to improve the park's water quality.


As we embark on Phase Two of the Centennial Park Revitalization, Centennial Park Conservancy created the Centennial Park Capital Campaign to bring the Nashville community together in supporting our ambitious initiative to preserve, enhance and sustain our people's park for future generations.

Donations made to this campaign will help underwrite Phase Two of the Centennial Park Revitalization.


Throughout Centennial Park’s history, Middle Tennesseans have rallied to preserve and enhance it. Now it’s our turn. Join us in making a donation to the Centennial Park Capital Campaign.